Australia’s leading Indigenous performers including two-time ARIA award winner Dan Sultan and internationally renowned Indigenous group the Bangarra Dance Theatre, are just some of the entertainers who have lent their talents to a stellar line-up at tomorrow’s Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game, at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.
Following the Women’s Indigenous All Stars vs Women’s All Stars (3:40pm AEST) and NSW Indigenous Under 16s vs Queensland Indigenous Under 16s (4:40pm AEST) curtain raisers, the Skilled Park crowd will witness some of the country’s best Indigenous performers come together for a special All Stars pre-game and half-time show.
Dual ARIA award winner Dan Sultan will headline the entertainment line-up, which also features Deadly Award winners Busby Marou; the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, who will sing the National Anthem in English and local Indigenous language; Nunukul Yuggera, who will lead a spectacular war cry; didgeridoo act William Barton; a blessing during the moment’s silence to pay respect to the Stolen Generations, read by Healing Foundation Chairperson Florence Onus; and narration by acclaimed actress Deborah Mailman.
“The Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars features some of the game’s best players and it is fitting the entertainment line-up for both the game and the Bumehla Festival this Friday and Saturday also features some of the best Indigenous acts in the country,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.
“Amid the celebrations, the match will be on the eve of the third anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and will include a moment’s silence to reflect on the apology and the role the All Stars match plays in reconciliation.
“It will also include a tribute to those Australians tragically lost in the Queensland floods and to those who are today struggling to rebuild their lives after weeks of floods and the devastation of Cyclone Yasi.”
In a further show of support for the flood victims, fans at Skilled Park will be asked to contribute a gold coin donation to volunteer collectors in the stadium precinct, with all donations going to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Appeal as well as funds raised through the auctioning of a selection of players’ on-field gear at www.nrl.com in the weeks after the match.
Inside the stadium, Rugby League fans will be treated to a stunning pre-game show that is the result of a creative partnership between the NRL and Bangarra Dance Theatre Creative Director, Steven Page.
A descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from southeast Queensland, Page has danced with the Sydney Dance Company as well as choreographed and co-directed segments of the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
“The Rugby League All Stars brings the heritage and history of Indigenous culture together with modern sport and in a similar way the Bangarra Dance Theatre performance will have a very contemporary feel whilst drawing from the heritage of a number of clans across the country,” Page said.
“Bangarra performs in theatres around the country each year and performing for tens of thousands in a large arena like Skilled Park will be an exciting challenge for us.
“The game-day performance will also be part of our upcoming European tour and the sneak preview we’re giving Rugby League fans at Skilled Park will definitely be something for both us and them to remember.”
Several Bumehla Festival performers will entertain fans on game-day where the Skilled Park crowd will enjoy acts including:
- Dual ARIA Award winner Dan Sultan who will perform Letter and I Like It at half-time
- Deadly Award winners Busby Marou who will perform their hit Underlying Message, a song that captures the Rugby League All Stars spirit and message of reconciliation
- William Barton, who is widely regarded as one of the best didgeridoo players in the world and who will provide the musical backdrop for the teams’ entry onto the field
- Local dance group, Nunukul Yuggera will stir the crowd with a warrior entrance and also lead the Indigenous All Stars in a traditional war cry
- The National Anthem will be performed by Acapella singers from the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA) and will be sung in English and local Indigenous language
- The 120 participants from the Learn Earn Legend! All Stars Youth Summit will take part in an on-field display showcasing art canvasses that have been produced by local artists and the communities from each of the five locations from the recent Learn Earn Legend! All Stars Regional Tour.
Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game day schedule *** all times are AEST ***
3:35pm Gates open
3:40pm Women’s All Stars versus the Women’s Indigenous All Stars
4:05pm Women’s All Stars versus the Women’s Indigenous All Stars – 2nd half
4:40pm NSW Indigenous Under 16s versus QLD Indigenous Under 16s
5:20pm NSW Indigenous Under 16s versus QLD Indigenous Under 16s – 2nd half
6:32pm Welcome to Country
6:34pm Bangarra Dance Theatre performance – “Stick”
6:40pm Learn. Earn. Legend! All Stars Youth Summit – on-field reveal of Regional Tour artworks
6:43pm Busby Marou performance – “Underlying Message”
6:46pm Bangarra Dance Theatre performance – “Black”
6:56pm Deborah Mailman leads a tribute to the Queensland flood victims
7:00pm William Barton didgeridoo performance
7:06pm National Anthem – performed by the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA)
7:08pm Stolen Generation blessing – lead by Florence Onus, Chairperson of the Healing Foundation
7:09pm Learn. Earn. Legend! Indigenous All Stars War Cry with Nunukul Yuggera
7:10pm onwards 2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars – 1st quarter
2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars – 2nd quarter
Dan Sultan half-time performance of “Letter” and “I Like It”
2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars – 3rd quarter
2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars – 4th quarter
Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars official presentation